SEEING DOUBLE AT THE ELVIS TRIBUTE FESTIVAL
Chris Connor knows that Elvis Presley was the first of his kind.
Having been a fan of The King since he was eight years old, Connor immersed himself in his dad’s old records from a young age.
It was the iconic performer’s bombastic style and groovy moves that had Connor instantly hooked.
“I wanted to be a singer and I loved Elvis and his music, so thought I would try and recreate what he did,” Connor explains.
“Elvis’ moves come quite naturally to me so don’t really have to think about it.”
The first time Connor impersonated The King, he knew he’d found his calling.
“My friends and family were all behind me 100 per cent,” he says.
Connor burst on to the UK scene in early 2009. It only took a few years for him to become one of the world’s leading Elvis performers.
With his natural look and voice, Connor headlined the first ever Memphis Festival in Holland and has played shows in Atlanta, New Orleans, Memphis, Ireland, Australia and New York.
This weekend Connor returns to our shores for a special performance at the Elvis tribute festival, Viva Surfers Paradise.
Paying tribute to the life and music of the King of rock ’n’ roll, the 10-day festival comes to a close on Sunday.
Connor will perform twice for the final weekend of celebrations.
“I can’t wait to get back to Australia; I’m really looking forward to it,” he says.
“The show features some great songs and is a lot of fun.” Connor says his show In
England is a recreation of two of Elvis’s most famous performances: That’s the Way
It Is and Madison Square Garden.
“We try to get the show to look the same as it did back in the 1970s,” he says.
“I use a nine-piece band all dressed the same as Elvis’ original band with original instruments and stage set.”
The Elvis impersonator says he likes to keep his performance as close to the real thing as possible.
“If I went to see an Elvis show I’d want to feel like I was watching Elvis, not somebody singing his songs,” he says.
Chris Connor has been a big fan of Elvis Presley since he was eight.